Events & Activities

Urbana School District Centralized Registration Dates

July 27, 2016 - 9:00am to July 28, 2016 - 7:00pm

Urbana School District #116 will hold their annual centralized registration at the end of July. The days and times are as follows:

  • Wednesday, July 27th – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 28th – 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The one-stop-shop for all Urbana students, early childhood through high school, will take place at Urbana Middle School, 1201 S. Vine St., Urbana. If you are registering a new or returning student, please remember to bring a photo ID and proof of residency. If you have a child entering kindergarten, 6th or 9th grades, please bring their completed physical forms to registration. Enrollment requirements and documents for new and returning students can be found on the USD #116 web site here: Registration fees can be made online at the USD #116 Web Store. Please bring the printed receipt with you.

Art at the Market

August 13, 2016 -
8:00am to 12:00pm

Join the Urbana Public Arts Program on Saturday, August 13th, 2016 for music and arts activities at Urbana’s Market at the Square! Find us at the Northwest corner of the market between 8:00am and 12:00pm. All programs offered are free, and no registration is needed.

From 8:00am to 12pm, learn how to transform old t-shirts into tote bags with Makerspace. The activitiy is simple for people of all ages and can be completed in less than 10 minutes. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own t-shirts for a "remake."

From 9:30am to 11:30, enjoy upbeat music by a Latin-themed instrumental trio, Los Guapos. Their style ranges from salsa, rumba, cumbia, and son montuno. The trio plays music by Arsenio Rodriguez, Mongo Santamaria, Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez, Marc Ribot, Ry Cooder, as well as original compositions. Check out a sample of their latest performance here.

Urbana Art Expo 2016

September 18, 2016 -
10:00am to 5:00pm

The Urbana Art Expo will return to the Urbana Civic Center on Sunday, September 18, 2016, from 10:00am to 5:00pm. This event is free and open to the public.

All visual artists who are interested in showing their works at the Expo should download the application materials here. Eighteen artists or artist groups will be selected from the application pool and offered a booth at the expo. No application fee is required, but artists invited to participate must pay a modest booth rental fee for their 10' x 10' space. Deadline to apply is August 1, 2016.

The Urbana Art Expo is a one-day juried fine art sale and exhibition, presented by the Urbana Public Arts Program in partnership with 40 North | 88 West: Champaign County Arts Council. In 2015, the event featured 23 local and area artists, showing hundreds of artworks in various media and styles.

Art at the Market

July 9, 2016 -
8:00am to 12:00pm

Join the Urbana Public Arts Program on Saturday, July 9, 2016 for music and arts activities at Urbana's Market at the Square! Find us at the northwest corner of the market between 8:00am and 12:00pm. All programs offered are free, and no registration is needed.

Come out to Uncork Urbana Wine Festival

June 18, 2016 -
1:00pm to 9:00pm

Looking for something to do on Saturday afternoon? Why not celebrate the diverse and delicious wines that the state of Illinois has to offer? Uncork Urbana Wine Festival is the chance for wine-lovers in the area to come together and enjoy a day of wine, music and food. Admission to the festival is $15 which includes 5 tasting tickets and a souvenir wine glass. The cut off date for registration is June 18 at 5 pm. After that, admission is $20 (cash only). Come on out to the corner of Race and Main and enjoy the Uncork Urbana Wine Festival!


Wiley Elementary Bike Rodeo

May 18, 2016 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm

The Champaign-Urbana Safe Routes to School (C-U SRTS) Project, Urbana School District #116, Champaign County Bikes, City of Urbana, and Champaign-­Urbana Mass Transit District are holding a bike rodeo at Wiley Elementary on May 18th, from 1 to 2:30pm on the driveway behind the school to teach fifth-­graders bicycle safety and bicycling skills.

The C-U SRTS Project Bicycle Rodeo is an opportunity for parents and children to learn how to be safe when bicycling and to practice some basic bicycling skills. The Bicycle Rodeo scheduled for May 18th will include:

Summer Reading Kick-Off Party

May 21, 2016 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm

Read for the Win when you join us for the 2016 Summer Reading Program Kick-Off with an outdoor party for everyone!

Saturday, May 21
Urbana Free Library, Cherry Alley

Enjoy live music with the incomparable Mr. Stephens who will be playing songs like… Chicken Feet, Beware of the Dog, and It's Almost Time for Halloween. You will find toe-tapping, sing-along fun for the young or young at heart. Don't miss sidewalk chalk, games, ice cream, and lemonade. And before you leave, sign-up for one of our free summer reading clubs to make the fun last all summer long! If it rains, the event will move to the Lewis Auditorium.

This concert is generously sponsored by Larry and Margaret Jobe in honor of grandsons Arlin and Berk Orr.

For more information, contact Lora Fegley at call 217-367-4405.

Preservation Month - History of Urbana's Antebellum Houses

May 25, 2016 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Join us as Stewart Berlocher presents his fascinating research on Urbana's Civil War-era buildings and neighborhoods in this lecture, the last of three, as part of National Preservation Month. Event takes place in the Lewis Auditorium at the Urbana Free Library at 7:00PM on May 25.

The two other lectures in this series, "What Style is it? Understanding Architectural Styles" and "Good Form - Understanding Vernacular Building Types" will be presented at the Urbana Free Library’s Lewis Auditorium on May 11 and 18, also at 7:00PM.